Yo-Yo Ma at the Arts Alliance Illinois Luncheon

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Grammy Award-winning musician Yo-Yo Ma will speak at the Arts Alliance Illinois luncheon, Voices of a Creative State, on Friday, May 17, at Hilton Chicago.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma will talk about the importance of the arts connecting with the civic life of Illinois.

The Arts Alliance Illinois will present the first Citizen Advocate award to Fay Hartog-Levin, former ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The award recognizes individuals “whose vision and civic leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel will serve as the event’s honorary chair with co-chairs Pamela Crutchfield and Kassie Davis.

The event will host members of Illinois’ creative, corporate and civic sectors to celebrate the strength and diversity of our state’s cultural community at what will become Arts Alliance Illinois’ signature fundraising event.

Individual tickets to the luncheon begin at $150. Sponsorship levels begin at $3,500 for a table of 10. For additional sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, call 312.855.3105 x12 or visit Arts Alliance Illinois.

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Currently writing for TCW's 'Woman About Town' column, Cindy Burns covers Chicago's social scene, events, fashion, and interviews women and men who are making a difference in the world. With an M.A. in American History from DePaul University, Ms. Burns is an author, freelance writer, avid reader and researcher. Ms. Burns has spent over 20 years serving on charitable boards and organizations, and currently serves as a member of the Women's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and the Women's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago. She is also an Honorary Member of the Children's Service Board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. When Ms. Burns isn't running around Chicago covering current events, you can find her biking, on the tennis courts, or hiking in a mountainous region of her choice.